NYFA Graduate Brett Carlson Writer & Director of "Take My Wife"

A  gigolo, a hitman and a couple of unhappy husbands walk into a bar; unfortunately, the pimp they’re supposed to meet “inconsiderately” drops dead before showing up to sort everyone out. New York Film Academy MFA graduate Brett Carlson writes and directs the story of what happens when you bring the wrong man home to your wife in his thesis film, “Take My Wife”.

“Take My Wife” has been racking up accolades on the festival circuit and has won a Panavision New Filmmaker Grant and a Fotokem Processing Grant during production which helped make shooting on Super 16mm film possible.

“Take My Wife” screens at the NYC Downtown Short Fest this Wednesday at 8PM. Last time Carlson was in New York, tickets sold out, so hurry and get your seats. Carlson had this to say…

It’s been a while since I’ve sent out an update about the progress of Take My Wife. I’m currently only my way to Boston for the Boston Int. Film Festival already underway.  Take My Wife screens this Sunday at 3:30pm.

From there it’s back to New York, NY.  We did really well in the Audience Choice Screenings at the NYC Downtown Short Fest and have been invited back for the main event.  We screen Wed at 8pm at the Due theater with a cocktail reception to follow.  Last time we where in town the screening sold out— so if you plan to come make sure you get your tickets ahead of time at: https://www.smarttix.com/Show.aspx?ShowCode=6TH6 .

A short hop from NY and I’m off to the Connecticut Film Festival in Danbury, CT.  The film screens Thursday May 6th at 7:30 at the Heirloom Arts Theater if you’re in the area.

After that Chesley Heymsfield, one of the film’s producers, and I are off to France for the Cannes Independent Film Festival.  If you’re also going to Cannes let’s meet up there!  Take My Wife plays at 18:00 (Europe and their 24 hour clocks…) on the 20th at the CIFF Villa.  Tickets are VERY limited so if you at the festival and want to go please let me know ASAP.

Also that week Take My Wife is screening in the Big Island Film Festival in Hawaii.  Why did Hawaii and France have to be the same week?  Geesh.


“After viewing Take My Wife (Twice), there is very little doubt in this critic’s mind that Brett can breakthrough and follow his dream. Even though it is only a short film, it may be one of the funniest pieces you’ll see this year.” – Joe Belcastro, Tampa Movie Examiner

“A terrific comedy and very well-done piece… …Take My Wife is the best. The film is very well produced and acted and has world-class camera work and editing.” – Gary Wolcott, Tri-City Herald

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Published on: April 27, 2010

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